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ules and agree with the goals of Delphi, while, in truth, being involved in regular (large or small) violations of the agreements. Such an attitude is always an indication that the student is not being honest with himself and us. When a faculty member sees that an attitude like this is persisting, he or she will talk to the student about it. In many cases, the attitude is simply a way of behaving that was successful in some other environment before the student came to Delphi, and when it is pointed out that this sort of thing is not appropriate here, the student will discard it and become more honest. If things don't improve, we know that some sort of dishonesty is continuing. We have found that a common reason for this is that the student has done something here at the school or before coming to the school, which he or she feels is wrong but is unwilling to admit to it. In this situation, a faculty member may ask the student to write a list of any rules broken or things the student feels he or she shouldn't have done, and anything not communicated that should have been at the time of enrollment. When the student honestly does this, it will help him or her to become more honest, and that always helps a person become a more productive member of a group. If a student were to remain unwilling to be honest with the school and with fellow classmates, even when offered help, it might well be that Delphi is not the place for that student. The faculty are very willing to work with students who are working toward gaining a better education and becoming more honest, but, of course, the student must want these things as well. Keeping a Group Working Together It sometimes happens that a group, which has been working well together, begins to fall apart, sometimes splintering into smaller groups. Of course, when that happens, the group as a whole is weakened and usually becomes less productive. One of the things that goes along with a group beginning to break up a bit is increased criticism and rumors about others. If something like this starts in a student body, one often begins to hear more natter 4 among students. This is often "explained" by something like "different tastes in music" or "different interests" but, in fact, those are not the reasons. Such situations are easy to fix if everybody knows how. In fact, they are easy to prevent if the following data is understood and applied on a regular basis. Such situations occur because individuals have broken agreements with their group or they have treated others in a way that they would not like to be treated. To remedy or prevent natter and rumors we ask students to write down what rules and agreements they've broken and what they have done to others that they know they shouldn't have done. If a student honestly writes down everything so that all is revealed, any penalty that may normally have occurred is usually much lighter and the matter is put to rest. If a student continues to hide any broken rules or agreements and it is later discovered that he or she did this, it can lead to a Disciplinary Hearing. After a student has written down the broken rules, etc., he or she would then do whatever is appropriate to repair any damage that may have resulted. This can be simply sorting out an argument from a few weeks ago, or it can be contributing some help or work to whomever was hurt by the broken rule or wrongdoing. In the end, the communication within the student body is fully repaired and the students are again supporting each other in achieving their goals. Parental Involvement When a student has ongoing difficulty maintaining ethical behavior in life, parents are encouraged to participate with the school in helping their child sort out his or her actions and ethics. Therefore, it is important that parents are fully familiar with the data in this chapter. 4 Natter: trivial or gossipy conversation. (Encarta Webster's Dictionary) 13

4– SCHOOL GUIDEDLINES & RULES When a student enrolls, he or she becomes part of a group whose primary purpose is to see that each and every student in the school gets the best education possible. It is with this purpose in mind that we have developed certain guidelines and rules. It is our philosophy of personal responsibility and integrity that guides the concept of ethics we apply. We assume that everyone on campus is aligned with the above primary purpose, and frown on attitudes and activities that are, or appear to be, opposed to it. One important step each student must take prior to enrolling is to ensure they can agree with our group's standards. Both parents and students need to fully understand the agreements one makes in becoming part of this group and the results one faces should these agreements be broken. The guidelines and rules are presented by subject over the following pages, in alphabetical order. Absence If a student is ill and will be absent, parents should call the school before 9:00 am each day of the absence. Occasionally a family will have the opportunity to take a special trip that would enhance the child's education. When such a circumstance occurs, parents should inform the child's teacher well in advance so that arrangements can be made for the absence from classes. For program continuity, we discourage absences for reasons other than the above. Appearance and Dress Code Hair should be kept neat, clean and well trimmed. Unusually shaved or unnaturally colored hair is not allowed. Students should take care to keep their hair well out of their faces and ensure the style of hair does not become distracting or interfere with their studies. Boys may not wear earrings. Girls may wear pierced earrings, but no other piercing is allowed. Make-up, in moderation, may be worn by Middle and High School girls only. All clothing should be neat, clean and in good repair. In class, cut-offs, midriff-baring and off-the-shoulder tops, t-shirts with inappropriate logos or writing, hats, and over-sized jeans are considered inappropriate and are not allowed. Modest shorts may be worn by girls. Friday is always professional dress day (except during the summer session). Clothes appropriate for Fridays: Boys–a suit and tie (or dress shirt, slacks and tie) and dress shoes; a sports jacket or nice sweater is optional. Girls–a dress, or nice pants/skirt and blouse or sweater, and appropriate dress shoes (moderate height, no spiked heels). Dresses and skirts should be modest and not form-fitting. Elementary, Middle and High School students are required to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for all sports classes. Attendance Students are expected to be on time wherever they go. Life at Delphi is very busy, and requires students get a lot accomplished during the day. Being late is not only disruptive but wastes valuable time. Parents and students need to work together to ensure the student arrives to school in time to put away backpacks, etc., and be ready, in the first class of the day before the morning rollcall. Absence or lateness may be excused with written notes from parents or teachers, but no verbal excuses are accepted. A valid excuse would consist of an exceptional circumstance that was beyond the immediate control of the student. Regular excuses for sleeping late or similar situations will not be accepted. If a student is out ill, the school needs to be notified by 9:00 am. 14

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